Ann McKechin

Ann McKechin (born 22 April 1961)[1] is a former British Labour Party politician and was a member of parliament (MP) from 2001 to 2015. She represented the Glasgow North constituency from 2005 onwards, while in her first parliamentary term, she was the MP for Glasgow Maryhill.

Ann McKechin
McKechin in 2011
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
8 October 2010 – 7 October 2011
LeaderEd Miliband
Preceded byJim Murphy
Succeeded byMargaret Curran
Under-Secretary of State for Scotland
In office
16 September 2008 – 11 May 2010
Prime MinisterGordon Brown
Preceded byDavid Cairns
Succeeded byDavid Mundell
Member of Parliament
for Glasgow North
Glasgow Maryhill (2001–2005)
In office
7 June 2001 – 30 March 2015
Preceded byMaria Fyfe
Succeeded byPatrick Grady
Personal details
Born (1961-04-22) 22 April 1961 (age 59)
Paisley, Scotland
Political partyLabour
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde

Early lifeEdit

Born in Paisley to Anne (née Coyle) and William Joseph McKechin, she was educated at Paisley Grammar School[2][3] and Sacred Heart High School, before studying Scots law at the University of Strathclyde. She joined the Glasgow-based Pacitti Jones solicitors in 1983 as a solicitor, becoming a partner in 1990, she left the practice in 2000.[4]

McKechin held several posts within the Glasgow Kelvin Labour Party from 1995, then the constituency of George Galloway, then a Labour MP. She was selected as a candidate for the 1999 European election, but failed to be elected.

Political careerEdit

She was elected to the House of Commons at the 2001 general election for the Glasgow Maryhill constituency, following the retirement of the previous Labour MP, Maria Fyfe. She retained the Maryhill seat with a majority of nearly 10,000 votes. In the boundary changes which came into force for the 2005 election, the Maryhill constituency was abolished, and McKechin was elected for the newly-drawn Glasgow North constituency, but with a much-reduced majority of 3,338 over the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

In the House of Commons, McKechin served briefly as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to Jacqui Smith in 2005 in her capacity as Minister of State at both the Department of Trade and Industry and at the Department for Education and Skills. She also served on a number of select committees including; Scottish Affairs (2001–05) and International Development (since 2005). She replaced David Cairns as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Scotland Office on 16 September 2008.

In October 2010, McKechin was elected to the Shadow Cabinet and appointed as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, but was replaced by Margaret Curran in shadow cabinet reshuffle on 7 October 2011.[5]


  1. ^ "Ann McKechin". Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  2. ^ Dinwoodie, Robbie (25 May 2009). "When openness fails to reveal whole picture Westminster's 'redacting' system means crucial details will remain secret". The Herald. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. ^ "McKechin, Ann, (born 22 April 1961), Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, Scottish Power, since 2017 | WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO". doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.u41686. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  4. ^ Profile, The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  5. ^ Margaret Curran replaces Ann McKechin as Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, New Statesman, October 2011. Retrieved 8 April 2014.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Maria Fyfe
Member of Parliament for Glasgow Maryhill
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Glasgow North
Succeeded by
Patrick Grady
Political offices
Preceded by
David Cairns
Undersecretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by
David Mundell
Preceded by
Jim Murphy
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Succeeded by
Margaret Curran